Clinical Consultation skills CPD from RPS & RCGP

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From October 2020 we’re running free Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) training courses for community pharmacists across England.

Run in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners, you’ll be shown exactly how to manage these referrals. But more importantly, you’ll practice how to manage CPCS referrals in real-life situations with GPs and other healthcare professionals.


Pharmacists across England are increasingly working with professionals across sectors, on a range of services. Through the NHS CPCS, pharmacists are providing clinical diagnosis for patients with minor illness.

You may have seen some of these consultations already: patients who previously would have seen a GP. Through CPCS, these valuable consultations are going to become more and more common.

When is the CPD?

Free CPCS sessions are only available online due to COVID-19.

Taught during the day and in the evening, these twin sessions mean you'll be taught the skills, put them into practice and get feedback from GPs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and other Allied Health Professionals.

CPPE e-course

Complete the CPPE e-course before attending the online sessions; look for the materials marked significant - these need to be completed before attending.

The e-course has 10-12 hours of learning, but you can revisit and complete these after the online workshop, and use it as a resource to keep you up to date.


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You'll learn how to:

  • Perform clinical examinations
  • Identify red flags in consultations
  • Support clinical reasoning with evidence-based practice
  • Involve patients during decision-making
  • Conclude consultations with safety netting, signposting and referrals
  • Promote self-care and prevention measures
  • Complete accurate clinical records to support data sharing.

CPCS is here, and we want you to be confident. Register today and be ready for CPCS!


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COVID-19 Update

All face-to-face RPS Events are cancelled until further notice.

Supporting our members, the wider profession and the public through this challenging time is now our priority.

We will be continuing to support trainees preparing for their Pre-Registration exams.

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Thank you for your incredible work fighting COVID-19 - we hope to see you at one of our RPS Events soon.

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